Macular Degeneration

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is the aging of the retina that occurs as we age. There are two ways this degeneration can occur, a dry form (common) and a wet form (rare).

What are the signs and symptoms of macular degeneration?

Signs and symptoms of macular degeneration include a visual loss without pain in both eyes with the characteristic findings.

In the beginning of this degenerative process there might be a visual problem in only one eye. There might be pigment lesions and drusen (eye disease) that alarm the eye physician that macular degeneration is imminent.

How is macular degeneration diagnosed?

It is with the experience of the eye specialist, the fluorescein angiograms, the visual tests, slit lamp, and direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy tests that the diagnosis of macular degeneration is made.

How is macular degeneration treated?

The eye specialist may decide to do laser photocoagulation (surgical procedure) in order to attempt to stop further deterioration. Although the central vision will often be lost, there is still peripheral vision outside of the macula in the remainder of the retina. In other words, patients do not lose all of their sight. However, they will need one or more of these support services.

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